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Tatting - Kansas Folk Art

Grace Goff, Master Artist

Kay Burger, Apprentice

Tatting is a very old art. It involves a process of making lace by looping and knotting a single strand of thread on a small shuttle. It has been called "beggars lace" because it can be made from scraps of almost any smooth thread. Tatting can be traced back to ancient Egypt and China. During the 18th century the art form was prevalent in Europe and appears to have made its way there to America. In the early part of the 20th century, tatting was very popular in the United States. Although it has seen a decline in popularity in recent years, interest in the art form continues to be very strong in Kansas.

See Marie Grauer's tatting pattern book

From Celebrate Kansas Folk Arts © KSHS 1993

Entry: Tatting - Kansas Folk Art

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: February 2011

Date Modified: March 2016

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